Things to do with the Kids in the Christmas Holidays near Tunbridge Wells

While much of the school Christmas holidays may be taken up with visiting family and friends, there is always a few days in that short couple of weeks where many of us will wonder what activities are around to keep the kids entertained. Here are our top five things to do with the kids in and around Tunbridge Wells over the holiday period…

1) Ice Skating

Ice skating is a fantastic way of getting your kids outside in the fresh air and also for you to burn off some calories (either as a precursor to the indulgence of Christmas Day or as penance for it!). The most local one to Tunbridge Wells is of course Calverley Grounds ice rink (click here for more information); however, there are other ice rinks in Kent and Sussex (both seasonal and permanent) that you may wish to consider (click here for further info).

2) Visit Father Christmas

Clearly one to do before Christmas, a visit to Santa’s grotto will get you out the house while keeping the festive spirit going. This one can be coincided with a shopping trip for you (last minute shopping anyone?) so everyone in the family gets something out of it. For information on where Father Christmas will be in Tunbridge Wells, Kent and East Sussex, click here.

3) Go for a Walk

Worrying about those extra calories consumed over the festive season? There are some beautiful walks that the family can enjoy in and around Tunbridge Wells. Bedgebury (open every day except Christmas Day) offers stunning walks with adventure playgrounds for the younger members of the family, while Leeds Castle is offering its visitors a Winter Trail through the gorgeous castle grounds (click here for more information). Other wonderful walks that can be enjoyed by the whole family can be found in Hargate Forest (entrance is off Broadwater Down near the Eridge Road), Broadwater Warren, Calverley Grounds, Harrisons Rocks and Tunbridge Wells Common (with the latter offering the added diversion of Wellington Rocks).

4) See a Panto

The area has a wealth of pantomimes on over the school Christmas holidays (oh yes it does!). While not the cheapest of the five options, it is a fun day out for the whole family and with many continuing into January 2013, it is a trip that can keep that festive spirit going for just a little while longer. For information on pantomimes in Kent and East Sussex, click here.

5) Visit a Zoo

A strange suggestion, some of you might think! But Howletts and Port Lympne are open every day except Christmas Day while Drusillas is open every day except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  Likely to be a lot less crowded than those peak spring and summer months, and Drusillas will be welcoming the Fat Controller on Saturday 22nd December 2012 (click here for event details).